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Posted by:Nov 28th 2011, 06:02:00 pm
Fig Tree News Team.... and the countdown to the end of the 2011 hurricane season is on: just two shopping days left :-)!
Posted by:Oct 26th 2011, 02:08:50 pm
Fig Tree News TeamHurricane Rina is already starting to impact Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula but it is expected to turn to the north, then northeast and then eventually ENE by this weekend towards the Bahamas, as seen on the projected path map. The system, now a Cat 2 (with 110 mph winds), is expected to become a 3 later today. But the good news is that it is expected to weaken by the weekend. We will keep monitoring.
Posted by:Oct 26th 2011, 01:56:51 pm
Fig Tree News TeamOkay, folks ... just six more days until the end of hurricane season!!!

Hurricane Rina update:

MARINE WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
200 PM EDT WED OCT 26 2011

MARINE WEATHER DISCUSSION FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO...CARIBBEAN SEA
AND TROPICAL N ATLC...AND SOUTHWEST NORTH ATLC S OF 31N W OF 55W.

GULF OF MEXICO...
NE TO E WINDS OVER THE SE GULF WATERS AS A RESULT OF A TIGHT
PRES GRADIENT BETWEEN HURRICANE RINA IN THE NW CARIBBEAN AND
HIGH PRES OVER THE SE U.S.. LIGHT TO MODERATE WINDS ELSEWHERE
OVER THE GULF WITH SEAS 3 FT OR LESS. COLD FRONT IS FORECAST TO
MOVE OFF THE TEXAS COAST LATE THU AND MOVE RAPIDLY MOVE ACROSS
THE GULF THROUGH FRI AND E OF THE AREA SAT. NLY WINDS INCREASE
TO 20-25 KT BEHIND THE FRONT. THE CURRENT FORECAST HAS HURRICANE
RINA MOVING INTO THE SE GULF THU NIGHT INTO FRI. RINA IS THEN
FORECAST TO MOVE JUST N OF W CUBA WHILE WEAKENING TO A TROPICAL
STORM SUN AND MON.

SW N ATLC S OF 31N W OF 55W...
COLD FRONT EXTENDS FROM 25N65W TO SE BAHAMAS. THE COLD FRONT
WILL MOVE E OF THE AREA THIS EVENING. HIGH PRES WILL BUILD IN
THE WAKE OF THE FRONT WITH A SURFACE RIDGE OVER THE N PART OF
THE AREA THU AND FRI. ANOTHER COLD FRONT WILL MOVE OFF THE SE
U.S. COAST INTO THE ATLC EARLY SAT AND MOVE RAPIDLY ACROSS THE
AREA...MOVING E OF THE AREA BY LATE SUN. NLY WINDS TO 20 KT
BEHIND THE FRONT AND SEAS BUILD TO 11 FT. WINDS AND SEAS
DECREASE SOME ON MON.

CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLC...
HURRICANE RINA CENTERED NEAR 18.1N 85.8W AT 1730 UTC WITH
MAXIMUM WINDS 75 KT GUSTS TO 90 KT MOVING WNW AT 5 KT. MINIMUM
CENTRAL PRES IS 982 MB. RINA WILL APPROACH THE YUCATAN PENINSULA
THU. RINA WILL THE MOVE NE FRI THEN WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM
SUN AND MON JUST N OF W CUBA. TROUGH OVER THE CENTRAL CARIBBEAN
FROM EASTERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO THE N COAST OF VENEZUELA NEAR
23N70W. THE TROUGH WILL DISSIPATE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

WARNINGS...

GULF OF MEXICO...
.GMZ084...HURRICANE WARNING S OF 25N BETWEEN 88W AND 85W FRI
THROUGH SAT.
.GMZ086...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED S OF 25N E OF 85W
SAT THROUGH MON...

.CARIBBEAN SEA AND TROPICAL N ATLC...
.AMZ082...HURRICANE WARNING N OF 16N W OF 83W.

SW N ATLC...
.NONE.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT
HTTP://WWW.HURRICANES.GOV/MARINE
Posted by:Sep 21st 2011, 12:05:28 pm
Fig Tree News TeamNow, we're keeping an eagle eye on Tropical Ophelia ... only six more weeks of hurricane season, folks: join us in the countdown!

http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/article/tropical-depression-sixteen-storm-hurricane-opheli_2011-09-19
Posted by:Aug 27th 2011, 12:54:17 pm
Fig Tree News TeamThanks for the compliments for Briland.com, but this year's coverage was broadcast live from beautiful downtown Burbank :-) with an amazing assist from Anne Ward, Lois Whelan, DaddyD, Mario Grant, all of you and Facebook ... we do need someone to take charge of emergency communications. In years past, local government was the missing link.

Thanks
Kimberly
Posted by:Aug 27th 2011, 10:18:16 am
TessWord from Pond Rock beach area: Beach and vegetation took the brunt of Irene: 20' drop from dune to beach, but not as bad as Floyd. Beach pristine...our tiki and base of steps down are gone. Some are still standing. Lots of big cocos down or damaged. No phone service yet but current returned about 4 AM and water about 10AM. Roads minimally cleared--lots of power lines, trees, debris. Should have pix tomorrow night.
Posted by:Aug 26th 2011, 06:28:24 pm
Tess'Flew into Marsh Harbour with seasonal owner who described their (very) efficient communication system: They provide a Sat phone to a trusted permanent resident (they use their volunteer fire chief...we could use anyone usually on the island tech savvy and trustworthy). In the case of Irene, MH's person made twice daily posts to the Marsh Harbour website which could be accessed by anyone. I can't comment on the fate of Briland's former Sat phone...don't have any idea what happened to it, but we could move forward at this point and try again? Perhaps Briland.com could host? Y'all do such a good job as it is!
Posted by:Aug 26th 2011, 04:44:15 pm
Fig Tree News TeamIf we didn't mention this earlier, North Eleuthera Airport is wide open.
Posted by:Aug 26th 2011, 03:36:56 pm
Fig Tree News TeamThere's tons of video and photography coverage at Facebook, see ExpatBahamas or Nassau Weather Live groups.

As for the paucity of live reports from administrators on the island, an Iridium satellite phone was donated to local government after Hurricane Floyd, so there's no excuse whatsoever. Given that DaddyD, Anne Ward and others on island had outbound access, someone at local government OR central government could have taken five minutes twice a day to borrow a phone to send out updates, as did BRILANDER (ahem) administrator Harvey Roberts did for Mayaguana earlier in the storm. This is 2011, and I really hope that an active conversation takes place.
Posted by:Aug 26th 2011, 02:10:42 pm
Tuck ShopYoutube Videos of Irene on Harbour Island

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMmi0j3gX4M&feature=related


Posted by:Aug 26th 2011, 01:48:33 pm
ColinThose old sea captains sure knew how to build houses. And so do the current crop of Brilanders. Can it really be that no one lost a roof or got flooded? Amazing.
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 11:47:30 pm
TessAny photos out there? Harbour, beach, roads?
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 10:51:07 pm
Fig Tree News TeamThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that the Government of The Bahamas announced tonight that all Government workers are to report to work on Monday and banks can open and resume normal operating hours on Monday, as well. Other businesses can open on Saturday. Government schools should listen for announcements from the Ministry of Education and private school students should listen for announcements from their institutions ... Sent from Lia's Torch! ... Islandhopper :)
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 09:25:01 pm
tad2000Any updates on phone service or communication on Harbour Island.
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 07:24:41 pm
Fig Tree News Teamjust got word from airport manager theo neilly that ELH will likely open tomorrow afternoon: he will post the time shortly.
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 06:45:59 pm
Fig Tree News TeamWe understand that the fibre optic cable connecting North and South Eleuthera has been damaged in the storm, hence the lack of information from anywhere north of Gregory Town.

We're working to get airport information, community details for you soonest. All we know so far is that Gregory Town is fine but shaken up a bit, and that Harbour Island is just about back online and operational. The Batelco tower in Governor's Harbour snapped in half during the storm, and so may be impacting some telephone and Internet access at this time.

Thanks for your patience! We're just happy, happy, happy that Irene decided to make her visit with us a Category 3 vacation ... as you can see, things could have been a lot worse.

We hope our friends and neighbors in the Carolinas and along the Eastern Seaboard will fare well this weekend as Irene stops in.

Tight lines
Lord Dunmore Grouper, travelling editor
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 05:57:41 pm
ColinWoo hoo! Great news. What happened to the big surge that was predicted?
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 05:22:03 pm
PittiSingThanks so much for the update. Sounds like things are not too bad. Does anyone have news of Current? Thanks.
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 04:59:34 pm
TessMario--Unbelieveably good news about Harbour Island. So glad all are unharmed and property damage is minimal. Has anyone been over to the beach around pond rock yet? How did you post your message...who has power and/ or a connection? Any phone service yet? ANY news is welcome...please keep it coming!
Posted by:Aug 25th 2011, 04:30:17 pm
Fig Tree News TeamMario Grant:

Report 8/25 16:00
"I just rode around Briland no report of fatalities reported
4 or 5 down powerline/ poles
minor structual damage (shingle blew away, no roofs, fences blown over) 40 mph winds with gust of 60 mph all and all the Lord brought us threw it again."

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